MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
The Governing Areas of Health and Finance today publish the order that identifies the areas lacking medical resources, opening a recruitment process to fill 167 vacancies. Of the total number of vacancies to be filled, 50 are for family physicians and the remainder refer to 13 hospital specialties, including anesthesiology (14 vacancies), cardiology (15), internal medicine (17), gynecology / obstetrics ) and psychiatry (10).
The order presents the distribution of vacancies to be filled by 17 hospital units and 16 groupings of health centers. The vacancies were defined considering the highest needs reported by the services, in areas such as Alentejo, Algarve, north-east of Portugal and the upper and lower borders.
Recognizing that in the health sector there are still geographical asymmetries in the distribution of medical human resources, the Government thus assigns the possibility for professionals to apply for these jobs with an increase in the base salary of 40%, a reinforcement of two days of vacations , the possibility of participation in clinical research activities and greater ease of mobility also for the spouses.
The definition of deprived areas includes criteria such as levels of health care performance, productivity and access, geographic distance from other health units, and training capacity of health services and facilities.
Coverage of family physicians plus half a million Portuguese
Concluded is already the bankruptcy procedure launched during the month of May to fill 398 vacancies in General and Family Medicine, to which 369 new specialists were applied.
The recruitment process results in the placement of 305 family doctors in the National Health Service, starting in July, which will guarantee coverage to half a million Portuguese.
This is the largest number of family doctors recruited per tender ever.
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